Preludia - Unofficial website for Rafal Blechacz


Dec 23, 2008

Diapason D'or/ RSB member saw Chopin in Blechacz

On Dec. 21 Rafał Blechacz received the actual replica of the French prize Diapason D'or
from the Deutsche Grammophon representatives in Berlin.

They accepted it on his behalf in November in Paris, because he couldn't be there
and brought it to Berlin this Sunday, December 21, 2008, to hand it over to him.
(Thanks to R.F. for the info.)

Rafał Blechacz's first CD from DG "Chopin Preludes"
is one of the winners of Diapason D'Or l'Année 2008 (Best of the Year).

Amazon's site of awardees.

 One of the violinists of Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
who played Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E-minor with Blechacz
on Saturday
describes the stage of the day in her blog.

You can see the pictures of
1 Blechacz in practice before Generalprobe
2 Maestro Janowski before the rehearsal
3 Zubin Mehta and Berliner Philharmoniker (she attended their concert on the same day after her orchestra's concert.)

(Her remarks)
"Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB) held a concert at Berliner Philharmonie yesterday.
Rafał Blechacz, the piano soloist, performed the Chopin concerto
with more concentration and freedom of expression than in the rehearsal.

His way of expressing is equivalent to those great piano masters in their seventies and eighties.
I felt as if I were listening to the interpretations of Claudio Arrau or Dinu Lipatti in their golden days.

So wonderful Blechacz is!☆☆ No doubt he will further grow up to be a great piano maestro.

On finishing the final notes of piano, a storm of bravos and applauses broke out from the public
and Blechacz sprang up from the stool.
...while, our orchestra was still playing the remaining three or four measures (laugh).

It was the first kind of experience for me.
The soloist was so great that the audience could not wait for the ending of the concluding symphonic part.

I was under the impression that Chopin himself was sitting there and playing his own music.

The role as the medium for the composer and the composer's music.
Probably this is what Blechacz is trying to be about.
His dedication to this role brought out the music so pure and clearly.
Each of all notes is infused with life.
I haven't so deeply moved for a long time".

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